By Mike Copass
September 3, 2011 (City Heights)--Joining similar actions across 21 states, San Diego nurses stood with community residents in urban San Diego on September 1 to bring their message of jobs, living wages, health care, education and housing.
They proposed what the California Nurses Association calls a "Main Street Contract," an economic recovery program for America with a new funding mechanism: a simple financial transactions tax on Wall Street.
CLEANTECH AND GREEN ECONOMY SECTOR LEADERS TO SHARE LATEST INFO ON GREEN JOBS & GREEN ECONOMY SEPT. 15 AT SAN DIEGO SEMINAR
September 3, 2011 (San Diego) -- “San Diego CleanTech Beach: Riding The Green Jobs and Economy Wave” is an event to designed to help people countywide launch or expand clean technology careers, start-ups and community initiatives by providing briefings from leaders in the green economy sector.
END OF AN ERA: RANCHO SAN DIEGO-JAMUL CHAMBER CLOSES DOORS AFTER BEER FESTIVAL CANCELLATION; CITY FAILS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, CRITICISMS ON ITS ACTIONS
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By Miriam Raftery
Sept. 4, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – After four and a half years of organizing numerous major community events as well as programs to benefits its 143 members, the Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber has closed its doors. The closure reflects today’s tough economic times—but also raises questions over why the America’s Finest Beer Festival, a three-day event at Qualcomm Stadium sponsored by the RSDJ Chamber, was cancelled.
An ECM investigation reveals that questionable actions by management of Qualcomm Stadium, owned by the City of San Diego, left organizers as well as vendors on the line for hefty expenses. While questions have been raised over the Chamber pulling the plug on the event, the City’s actions appear to have left the Chamber with no viable option except cancellation. Yet ironically, experts predicted that both the City and the Chamber would have generated significant profits had the event been allowed to go forward.
September 2, 2011 (Lakeside)--Tribal dancers from across the United States will compete for $60,000 in prize money at the Barona Poway. The pow-wow will be held Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4 at the Barona Baseball Field on the Barona Indian Reservation in Lakeside.
This event, which also features Native American crafts, jewelry and food vendors, is free and open to the public.
September 2, 2011 (San Diego) -- The Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego marked the beginning of its 35th anniversary year with a celebration held at the private Emma Estate in Del Mar. ABCSD members, their guests, and numerous elected officials attended.
By Brian Lafferty
September 2, 2011 (San Diego) – Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali. David Lynch’s Eraserhead. Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead. Kevin Smith’s Clerks. What does Evan Glodell’s Bellflower have in common with all these films? They are all great movies shot on shoestring budgets.
September 2, 2011 (Lakeside)-- Lakeside's River Park Conservancy will unveil a new trail as it celebrates its 10th anniversary at the Once in a Blue Moon Gala, including dinner plus live and silent auctions at twilight along the banks of the San Diego River on Saturday, September 10th.
SAN DIEGO AUTHORITIES ISSUE BULLETIN WITH TIPS FOR SPOTTING POTENTIAL TERRORISTS AS 9/11 ANNIVERSARY APPROACHES
September 1, 2011 (San Diego)--The San Diego Police Department, San Diego Sheriff’s Department and the San Diego Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued the following joint intelligence bulletin:
The 10th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11/2001 is upon us. 9/11 was the result of an al-Qa’ida terrorist attack on all citizens and residents of the United States. This bulletin is to bring awareness of the sensitivity of the anniversary and provide actionable steps that the community and law enforcement can take together to prevent further terrorists acts.
There are strong ties between the 9/11 heroes in New York and our own La Mesa Fire Department--forged in the fires of dual tragedies in both regions
September 1, 2011 (La Mesa)--The City of La Mesa will host a remembrance ceremony on the ten year anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. A memorial wreath will be placed at the 9/11 Memorial at Fire Station 12, 8844 Dallas Street.
September 1, 2011 – Sen. Christine Kehoe’s (D-San Diego) legislation to allow renters to display political signs in their apartments and homes passed the Assembly today with bipartisan support and now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration.
“Renters deserve the right to participate in our democracy and express their views just as much as homeowners,” said Kehoe. “There is no reason to continue this ‘second class’ status for the 40 percent of Californians who are renters and wish to post signs supporting candidates.”
September 1, 2011 (San Diego)--The San Diego Police Department Traffic Unit, along with members of the “Avoid” team, will be conducting DUI checkpoints on Saturday, September 3 at undisclosed locations within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.
September 1, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--Effective today, fire restrictions on the Cleveland National Forest have been moved to the “Elevated” level. The increase in fire restrictions is due to dryer fuel conditions, higher temperatures, and the likelihood of small fires becoming larger fires.
"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things." Niccolo Machiavelli
By Walter Hall
September 1, 2011 (La Mesa)--This second installment of ECM’s three part series on the proposed Property-based Business Improvement District (PBID), examines governance, including the City’s high-visibility role, and the proposed PBID budget. For Part I and readers’ comments, see http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/6980.
After months of rumors and lingering concerns about the proposal process, there are signs of PBID fatigue along La Mesa Boulevard. These are offset by growing interest across the district and into the larger community. La Mesa residents do have skin in the game, regardless of their street addresses--not least because the City is about to commit approximately $60K of tax dollars to fund PBID operations.
September 1, 2011 (LA Mesa) -- Speeders, beware. On August 21, the La Mesa Police Department was notified that it was the recipient of a grant award from the San Diego County Law Enforcement Foundation. Each year the generous organization awards law enforcement in San Diego County with grant funds to be used toward an agencies life saving efforts.
September 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)-- ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.
Top world and U.S. headlines include:
• CIA drone is said to kill Al Qaeda’s #2 (New York Times)
• Mexico deploys 1,500 troops after ‘terrorist’ casino attack (CNN)
• 140 Mexican schools shut down amid extortion fears (NPR)
• Fukushima caesium leaks 'equal 168 Hiroshimas' (UK Telegraph)
• Luxury, horror lurk in Gadhafi family compound (CNN)
• Astronomers discover planet made of diamonds (Yahoo News)
• Anti-cancer virus shows promise (BBC)
• Disaster aid account faces shortfall (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Hurricane Irene and the staggering cost of climate change (Nelson Daily)
• Hurricane Irene blamed for at least 44 deaths in 13 states (Washington Post)
• Did fracking cause the Virginia earthquake? (OpEd News)
• Bachmann says she’d consider minimum wage changes (Yahoo News)
• Ron Paul on hurricane watch: “We should be like 1900” (Salon)
• Make it in America: How we can bring back manufacturing (Truthout)
• 6 years after Katrina, lower 9th ward still bleak (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• NOAA Warns of gap in future forecasting abilities (NPR)
September 1, 2011 (Descanso) -- This year, Our Lady of Light Parish will be holding its 74rd annual barbecue on September 4th. Our Lady of Light is a Catholic Church in Descanso, California, 32 miles outside of San Diego. Each year on Labor Day Sunday, people from across San Diego County converge on the little town for the Church's annual Labor Day barbecue.
September 1, 2011 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon Police Chief Pat Sprecco is happy to announce that Officer Jarred Slocum, critically injured during the shooting and fire incident on August 21st, at 1033 Prince Street, was well enough to be released from the hospital on Monday.
September 1, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--East County Roundup highlights articles on top regional and state issues of interest to East County and inland San Diego County, published in other media. This week’s top Roundup headlines include:
• Brush fires serve as a warning to get ready (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Amazon offers jobs to avert ballot showdown over sales tax (Sacramento Bee)
• Brown to propose new corporate tax package (Sacramento Bee)
• Health insurance regulation bill stalls for the year (Sacramento Bee)
• Consumer groups want health insurance rates on 2012 ballot (Sacramento Bee)
• Tribal tensions come to light following the Eagle Fire (North County Times)
• Helix band fears noise complaints could shut program (La Mesa Patch)
• Public uproar halts water rate increase (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Recent rash of residential burglaries in La Mesa (La Mesa Patch)
• Chaldeans face crime ring bust backlash (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• For Fletcher, adoption reform is personal (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• What SD’s new political lines would look like (Voice of San Diego)
By Chuck Taylor, the Alpine Sun
August 30, 2011 (Alpine)--Anthony Pico, Viejas Tribal Chairman announced plans yesterday for a new 150 room hotel to be erected adjoining the Casino. Although the final design has not been approved, an architectural rendering of the proposed hotel was presented to the media and business owners during a press conference at the Dream Catcher Lounge.
Swinerton Construction has been awarded the project and they have pledged to use local employees on the job. Construction and expansion is expected to add about 450 jobs and when the hotel is completed it will be staffed by around 45 employees.
August 31, 2011 (Pala) -- The Pala Fire is now 100% contained, Cal-Fire spokesperson Roxanne Provaznik confirms.
Total cost to fight the fire exceeded $1.8 million. Total acreage burned is estimated at approximately 233 acres. The acreage has been down-sized from earlier estimates due to more accurate mapping, according to Cal Fire.
August 31, 2011 ( San Diego) – The San Diego Police Officers Association, Inc. (SDPOA) is grieving the loss of Officer Christopher Blakeley, who died in an off-duty motorcycle accident on Aug. 24.
“We are once again mourning the loss of one of our own,” said Brian R. Marvel, President of the San Diego Police Officers Association. “Officer Blakeley’s tragic death is a loss to the Department, and we will deeply miss our friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
August 30, 2011 (Julian) – Beautiful, historic Julian is an enjoyable place to experience art galleries and shops selling local artists’ works. This weekend, the Julian Art Guild hosts a Labor Day show that brings together numerous artists in one place on September 2-5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Julian Town Hall, upstairs, on Main Street.
In addition, a reception to meet the artists, along with refresnments, will be held Friday, September 2 from 5-8 p.m.
August 31, (San Diego) -- There will be a special meeting of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on September 6, 2011. The meeting will be held to discuss the 2011 Supervisorial redistricting alternatives. The meeting is at 2:00 p.m. in room 310 of the County Administraton Center located at 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego.
Update September 9, 2011: The suspect has been identified as Steven Ritter, 21. He is 6 feet 1 inch tall with a shaved head, and remains at large.
September 7, 2011 (Lakeside) – The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a suspect who shot a man in the face/neck at a Lakeside apartment near El Capitan High School this morning. The suspect is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall with blond hair, blue eyes, and tattoos on both arms. He was wearing a black T-shirt with “Deny Everything” written on it and black Dickie-type shorts.
“There are still a number of units out there,” Lt. Andrea Arreola informed ECM at 10:10 a.m. No roads are closed, she added.
Suit seeks to block AT&T from reaching out and touching 97% of Americans with a single wireless network
By Miriam Raftery
August 31, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – The federal government today filed an antitrust lawsuit in U.S. District Court to block AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile. The U.S. Department of Justice took the step to ensure that “everyone—including consumers, businesses and the government-continue to receive high quality, competitively priced mobile wireless products and services,” according to U.S. Deputy Attorney James M. Cole, who also voiced concerns over the merger's impact on rural and low-income residents.
By Jeremy Los
Aug. 28, 2011- Sweltering heat couldn’t keep East County wine lovers from kicking off this year’s grape harvest at San Diego’s award winning Orfila Vineyards and Winery’s 18th annual grape stomp in Escondido’s San Pasqual Valley yesterday.
Roughly 420 people channeled their inner vintner by stomping freshly picked grapes with their bare feet, leaving many astounded with the sheer gooey nature of the after product.
August 30, 2011 (San Diego) – Rich Little, the comedian known as the “Man of a Thousand Voices” for his celebrity impersonations, will perform Friday, September 9 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The event is a benefit for the Challenge Center in La Mesa, a facility which provides vital healthcare and rehabilitation services for the disabled.
August 30, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – GRIGRI 2 belaying devices used by rock-climbers to control safety ropes have been voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer Petzl, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Excessive force on the handle can cause it to become stuck in the open position, disabling the assisted braking function and posing a fall hazard to climbers.